Lori DeAngelis Griffith has filed to run for the District Judge, 233rd Judicial District seat in Tarrant County. She is running as a Republican against Kenneth Newell in the March 6 primary election.
Community Impact Newspaper sent Griffith a list of questions about her candidacy. Below are her answers, which have been edited for publication style.
What is your current occupation?
I am a family law attorney and family law mediator.
Why did you decide to run for this office?
I believe that we need judges with experience, compassion and a desire to help families navigate the difficult process that is family law. I will fill that need, and I have always had a strong desire to serve the families and children of Tarrant County.
What experience—professionally or politically—do you have that would prepare you for this position?
I have dedicated my 27-year legal career to family law and I have handled over 2,500 family law matters. Additionally, I have mediated over 700 family law matters. I appreciate how difficult these cases are on the parents, grandparents and children, and I understand that families have to work together after the litigation ends.
If elected, what would be your top priorities?
This court has approximately 2,500 pending cases and approximately 400 new cases are filed each month. My priority would be to use my vast experience to move these cases expeditiously while recognizing that each family is unique and deserves to have their day in court.
What else do you want constituents to know about you and your background?
I grew up in Tarrant County, graduated from LD Bell High School and Baylor Law School and now live in Arlington with my husband, George, and our children, Cole and Carsen. My mother taught school in the [Hurst-Euless-Bedford] ISD for 20 years, and we learned about service and hard work from her. I believe in the sanctity of life, upholding the Constitution and following the rule of law. I am a longtime Republican. I have prepared for this my entire career and am ready to serve as the next judge of the 233rd family court.